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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 18: LAEDC Includes 9 Sites in L.A. Region Bid for Amazon’s Second Headquarters

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LAEDC includes 9 sites in L.A. region bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, crypto venture firm Blockchain Capital raising $150 million for two funds, and Snap partners with Discovery, Eurosport for Olympics coverage

With Pitches for HQ2 Made, Cities Wait on Amazon’s 2018 Decision

Xconomy

From Portland to Pittsburgh, it’s likely that every city in the U.S. with more than 1 million people has made its case to Amazon to locate the company’s second headquarters there. At least, hopefully they have already, because today—if you haven’t heard—was the deadline to apply.

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Vinod Khosla on A.I., Health, and the Future of Working (or Not)

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Entrepreneur-turned-venture capitalist Vinod Khosla made big headlines almost six years ago when he wrote a blog post called “Do We Need Doctors or Algorithms?”

Girl Scouts Learn to Pitch Like a Girl at Startup Weekend

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When I was younger, I experienced the Girl Scouts program like many girls have. I made it to the “Juniors” level before retiring my cookie-selling skills. I learned a lot through the program and had a few fun summers at camp.

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JLABS Takes Stock of its Experiment in Life Sciences Innovation

Xconomy

What began as a kind of business experiment in innovation has acquired a life of its own.

When Your Legs Start Shaking, Just Keep Talking

Eric Greenspan

Back in 2001, I started my 3rd company out of my 3rd bedroom in my newly rented townhome on the beach after separating from my oldest son’s mother. I had no choice. I had just sold my last company and I needed to keep busy. I built and built and built and one day, I wrote a business plan and sent it off for review to an angel funding group. I pitched 4 locations, including Hawaii. I got a few bucks out of a guy that wasn’t even in the room, but overheard from outside the banquet room.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Links With Insurer Munich Re

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Playa Vista-based hyperloop developer Hyperloop Transportation Technologies --the company led by Dirk Ahlborn and Bibop Gresta--says it has linked up with insurance company Munich Re on a risk analysis and feasibility effort. According to HTT, Munich re created a "Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Risk Report" which assesses the feasibility and insurability of HTT's technology and system.

Information Security Spooktactular

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 -- Information Security Spooktactular. WITI Los Angeles. Are you spooked every-time you hear of a Security Breach? Do the recent Hacks of Equifax and Target make you tremble in fear! Today more than ever, having a basic understandand#8203;ing of Information Security, its issues and threats is essential. Join us at this Halloween themed event and let a Panel of Industry experts to help us scare away your terrors! See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 19: SpaceX Targeting November for Mysterious 'Zuma' Launch

L.A. Business Journal

SpaceX targeting November for mysterious 'Zuma' launch, Elon Musk readies second tunnel boring machine and New York Yankees invest in Vision Esports

Even a taste of ownership motivates employees.

Berkonomics

Close. How about employees all the way down the line and through the corporation? How do we align them to the goals and strategies of the enterprise? Obviously for the appropriate individuals, a bonus program aligned to the department’s goals is appropriate.

Tech Scenes: John Tomich, Onestop Internet

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Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech founders and the cities they live in thrive. In this solo episode we meet up with John Tomich and talk about Onestop Internet , the growing changes in ecommerce, explosive growth, and the long history of tech startups in Los Angeles.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAY showcases growing firms needing capital and counse. View products, videos, online demos. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 17: Social Reality’s Stock Price Jumps 70 Percent After Initial Coin Offering Announcement

L.A. Business Journal

Social Reality’s stock price spiked more than 70 percent to close at $4.90 a share Tuesday after the marketing software developer announced an initial coin offering

Bio Roundup: Light For Spark, California Drug Law, IPO Queue & More

Xconomy

In a year of tragedies across the U.S., natural or otherwise, it seemed this week was California’s turn. Fueled by high winds, low humidity, and ample dry vegetation, fires swept through several towns across the state and, as of this writing, have barely been contained. With our minds on friends and loved ones affected by the fires, we turn to this week’s roundup. It includes the ongoing national health reform fight and plenty of deals and data.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 16: E-Sports Ad Tech Firm VY Esports Raises Seed Round

L.A. Business Journal

E-Sports ad tech firm VY Esports raises seed round, Elon Musk offers more details on Big F - Rocket and dog walking startup Wag loses pets, draws public ire and spooks investors

Kite Nabs First Adult CAR-T Approval With Notable Uptick Of Cures

Xconomy

For the second time in two months, remarkable recoveries from desperate cases of cancer have led to early approval of a cutting-edge therapy called CAR-T, which is made from a patient’s own genetically engineered cells. More than a month before the decision was due, the FDA has given the nod to axicabtagene ciloleucel, now branded as Yescarta, to treat adults with desperate cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) who have failed at least two other treatments, such as chemotherapy.

Lab Focused on Human-Centered Design Moves to Put San Diego on Map

Xconomy

For Michèle Morris, the big question hanging over organizers as they laid the groundwork last year for the first Design Forward Summit was whether the innovation community in San Diego understood the value of design. “We We didn’t know who was going to show up—and 600 people showed up,” said Morris, who is associate director of the Design Lab at UC San Diego and a founder of the Design Forward Summit.

After Trump Sounds Off, Senate Has Adult Conversation on Drug Prices

Xconomy

In advance of an anticipated Senate hearing on drug prices, President Donald Trump once again denounced drug companies as “getting away with murder.” ” The first time he did so, using the same phrase just before his inauguration , the markets shuddered.

Bio Roundup: Kite’s CAR-T Approved, Obamacare Fix & Lilly mRNA Deal

Xconomy

Kite Pharma wasn’t expecting a regulatory decision for its non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment until November, but this week, the company got the FDA’s O.K. The approval of axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta) marks the second time in the two months that the FDA has given the nod to a CAR-T therapy, a treatment made from a patient’s own engineered cells. The first, tisagenlecleucel from Novartis (NYSE: NVS ), was approved in August to treat a severe form of pediatric leukemia.

Trace Gets Funding From Intel Capital

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Los Angeles-based Trace , a developer of mobile apps which automatically track your sports activity using sensors, video, and artificial intelligence, has scored a round of investment from Intel Capital. Size of the funding round was not announced. Intel Capital announced its investment in Trace on Thursday, as part of a larger announcement of investments of $60M in 15 technology startups.

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Ambry Genetics Acquired By Konica Minolta

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Aliso Viejo-based genetic testing company Ambry Genetics has successfully been acquired by Konica Minolta , in a deal worth $1 billion, Konica Minolta and the Innovation Network of Japan (INCJ) said on Thursday afternoon. The companies had announced the acquisition deal on July 6th. Ambry, which was founded in 1999, operates a genetic testing lab which provides offer hereditary cancer panels and clinical exome sequencing. READ MORE>>.

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SpaceX Wins New $97M Launch Contract With NASA

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has been selected by NASA for a new launch contract, to launch NASA's Sentinel-6A mission into space, NASA said on Thursday. According to NASA, it is targeting launch of its Sentinel-6A from Vandenberg Air Force Base in November 2020. NASA said total cost for it to launch the new mission will be approximately $97M, including launch services and other mission related costs.

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Google Powers 3D Virtual Reality Exploration Of The Surface Of Mars

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Have you ever dreamed of visiting Mars? Google has teamed up with NASA and JPL to power a new, 3D, virtual reality experience of the real surface of Mars, on the new Access Mars website. According to Google, it has taken the photos taken by the Mars Curiosity rover, which have been used by NASA to create a 3D model of Mars, and lets users experience the surface of the planet using WebVR.

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Sendgrid Files For IPO

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SendGrid , the provider of back-end email delivery services which has a big office in Orange County, has filed for an IPO, saying that it is hoping to raise up to $100M in an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. The company has applied to list as SEND. The IPO is being underwritten by Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, illiam Blair, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Piper Jaffray, and Stifel.

Arensis Deploys Off-Grid Power To Puerto Rico

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Los Angeles-based Arensis , a startup developing off-grid power systems that use biomass for generating power, said it is deploying its systems to Puerto Rico, in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The company--which is based in the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)--said it is initially deploying its system at the City of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The company says its initial unit will power Farjado's Sports Complex, which is being used as a refugee shelter and distribution center.

My Eye Media Acquired By Eurofins Digital Testing

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Burbank-based My Eye Media , a provider of quality assurance and testing for the digital, motion picture industry, has been acquired by Brussels-based Eurofins Digital Testing. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced.

Interview with Steve Poizner, Alliance for Southern California Innovation

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Steve Poizner is a serial tech entrepreneur and was formerly California Insurance Commissioner, and recently founded the Alliance for Southern California Innovation (www.alliancesocal.org), a nonprofit which has gathered together an impressive list of research universities, technology leaders, and others to help boost the profile of Southern California in the technology industry.

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Disruption: Digital Platforms Regulation in the New Economy

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -- Disruption: Digital Platforms Regulation in the New Economy. Are you a member of the new workforce, venture capitalist, tech visionary or a business owner? Interested in the changes and challenges of the new digital platform economy? Digital platforms, such as, Airbnb, Uber, Amazon, and others are playing an increasing role in the economy. Such new workforce and mobilized capital often has a disruptive effect on existing markets and operators.